How Pretending It's the 1990s is Good for You
Okay, maybe I'm a bit biased. I had my own TV show in the '90s (BZZZ!) and it afforded me some unforgettable times. I was young, wild, and FREEEEEEEE. WEEEEEEEE! But, really, it's not just my own life that I think about when I think about the 1990s. It's yours. Yes, you-you who were maybe just birthed into this world then. Let's pretend then is now.
Vocal Creators Support Group
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From Anxious Punk to Aspiring Monk: My Spiritual Awakening and the Music That Accompanied it
When I was in my late teens, I was a self-confessed punk, frequently drunk, and suffering from social anxiety. That was, pretty much, all there was to know about me. My identity was rooted in the music I listened to and the people I surrounded myself with. I drank because that's what everyone else did. I also drank to bury the feelings of insecurity and anxiety that were slowly building within me.
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like yourself?
"This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." - William Shakespeare
What Are the Reasons You Hide Your Gorgeous Smile?
I’m a generally happy person. I smile a lot. I like to laugh. Apparently, no one told my face. I’m not exactly sure when this began. There are pictures of me as a young boy grinning like an idiot. And then there are pictures of me as a teenager — not. But then, teenagers aren’t supposed to smile. After all, they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. But, even after that, I can’t find pictures of me actually smiling.
The Best Investment I've Ever Made in My Writing
Specialized ads freak me out. They really do. At the same time, those freaky ads can come in handy when you need a new distraction.
Cleaning the Basement of My Mind to Enjoy the Spring of My Life
I feel held back. Not by anyone or anything per se but by my own stifling memories housed in the basement of my mind. And in the spirit of spring, the season of lovely, new experiences, fresh beginnings, and great shifts in perspectives, I felt that it was only appropriate to begin to clean the memories that have kept me in a perpetual bind.
Diary Of A Lazy Kid
Dear Journal, It's March! I can't believe we've spent one year in this pandemic but we're surviving. Despite winter being an absolute pain due to the second lockdown, I'm getting back on track to how I used to be. Fun, free-spirited and productive person.
6 Relaxation Practices I've Adopted
Every busy person will tell you just how difficult it is to find time to relax. They are right - it is difficult. If you are not intentional about making time for recreation and recuperation you will suffer from stress.
How Sweeping the Floor in a Barbershop Changed My Life
During college, I had to take the train every day into London. And as you can imagine it was not cheap at all. A month’s travel to my college would cost my mother £110. And if that was not enough, she had to make sure I had the money for food and learning material.
Passing 4,000 Reads, What to Do Next?
So you reached a benchmark. Was it 500 reads, 1000 reads, 2500 reads? Was it getting a top story spot or even winning a challenge? Either way, you reached it. Now what? What is there to do? It's almost impossible to tell, at least in my case. So you think about what to write next and wonder, based on the experience that you've had, what might be popularly read and what won't be? At the end of the day, are you writing for yourself or are you writing because you hope to be a writer, make an extra income, enjoy writing, and sharing it with people? It's going to be a different answer for most people that might read this but I imagine those are the questions we've all had at some point. What do we want out of what's possible?
Living the Dream with No Regrets
Start writing... Regret. One tiny little word with so much influence, it can cause you to alter your entire life in a heartbeat. No one wants to live a life of regret, so each day we set out to make the most of life. Our story revolves around that little word and how we navigate the waters of avoiding the impact it can have on you when you don’t reach for the things you want in life.As a kid I dreamed of two things, far off places and horses. Up until now I have made horses my life with a side of travel. Of course it wouldn’t be right to not mention the handsome husband, fancy car, country house and career. I have been living the American Dream. So in pursuit of these dreams I have spent most of the past 12 years juggling my passions of advancing my career, showing my horses and seeing as much of the World as my PTO time allowed each year. It has been exhausting.I first learned about backpacking in 2007 and quickly took to the freedom of travel with only the pack on your back. I planned a trip to Italy with my sister and best friend and away we went to stay in hostels, travel on the train and live out of our backpacks! What I didn’t prepare for was the love I would acquire for this type of travel. I was hooked and the years that followed involved many more backpacking adventures and as my ‘need’ for travel grew, so did the research of how to make more time for it. Of course, coming home from Italy led to many conversations about taking a summer off to travel Europe for 3 months. This never did become a reality, but my research opened the door to an even bigger idea, Round the World travel. But it wasn’t really until David and I spent 3 weeks backpacking around SE Asia on our honeymoon in 2010, for us to start talking about the possibility of making that a reality. At that point in time we found ourselves in jobs that we enjoyed and we were pretty well settled with life in general but something on that Asia trip changed me and once I was home I pretty much obsessed over how we could incorporate more travel into our lives. We both wanted to explore more of the World, but weren’t ready to take the leap into making that a reality. So we spent the next 3 years traveling as often as we could and squeezing every last minute out of our PTO time to juggle travel, horses and hunting. It seemed like the perfect solution for us at the time and we have been lucky enough to have many adventures visiting 31 countries and 35 states all while working full time jobs and living the American Dream. The one thing that didn’t stand out at first but is now very obvious, is as the 3 years lapsed we began spending less PTO time on horses and hunting and devoted all of our precious hours to travel only. This was the wakeup call for us. We sat down one day with the intentions of discussing some upgrades to our house and horse facilities. This snow balled into a discussion of what we wanted to accomplish in 3 years and where we wanted to be at the end of those years. I couldn’t help but bring up World travel. It was at that moment that we decided if we didn’t take a good hard look at this dream, that we may miss the chance to do it and in time, regret that we hadn’t. Fast forward to today. We are 195 days into planning the next ‘phase’ of our life. Our house is for sale; we have been selling all of our possessions, padding our bank accounts and are planning to embark on our dream of World travel in January 2014. Yes, we are forgoing the American dream and living a dream of our own. I won’t sugar coat it for you, this decision was one of the most difficult we have ever made. Leaving this current life means selling our self built house and horse farm, giving up our jobs we have worked so hard to advance in, putting the hunting trips on hold and selling our beloved horses. Why you ask? Because life is what you make it and if you have a desire to do something you should reach out and grab it, before it’s too late because there is never a right time to make a big life change. As hard as it will be to leave these things behind, we are beyond excited to have the chance to make a life change, seize the moment and live our dream of exploring the World. The way we see it is there will always be another house, another car, another job, another chance to show horses and another time to hunt. But it isn’t every day that you get the chance to watch your stars align and offer you a chance to make a change to your life that will eliminate that tiny little word from your future. There won’t be any regret here.
Dear Mr. Perry.
Dear Mr. Perry, I was advised to write you this letter from a very dear friend who I regard as a sister. I do not believe you will ever see this letter so I will continue to write it as a therapeutic. I wanted to thank you for your talent, your plays and books and just being you. I hope you don’t mind me starting from the beginning. I came across your work by traveling to Atlantic City from New York on a bus ride. Yes they were playing “Madea’s Family Reunion” on bootleg on the way back. It was so funny and Madea's character reminded me of my grandmother, Jessie. She was a 6ft tall heavy set beautiful woman. I could relate and I enjoyed the implementation of Church and Gospel in the storyline.
Keep Your Head Up
'I spoke to God today. He was Black man with a bad knee and the names of his four children tattooed on his right arm. He interrupted my self-care routine of calmly sitting on the rocks by the water as music plays through my headphones and the events of the week and next week and the week prior and the rest of my life filter violently through my anxiety. “Are you ok man?” he said when I finally brought down my headphones. “Look at you” he continued “your face all red” as I laughed and assured him that everything was ok. “I see you out here with your head down. I know man. I don’t know what’s goin’ on and I don’t gotta know. You just keep your motherfuckin’ head up. You hear me? No matter what’s goin’ on you keep your motherfuckin’ head up. Never let ‘em see you put it down. You understand me? Keep that motherfuckin’ head up.” As he hobbled away across the rocks I kept my motherfuckin’ head up and I smiled more genuinely than I had all day. Uncertain if he had done more for my posture or my mental health. The water calm out toward the horizon, the birds dancing in the sky, I listened to the music as his words played over and over in my head. "Keep your motherfuckin’ head up." Amen.'
What Is Your B?
What is Your B? What is your goal? How long have you had this goal? Why does it seem impossible to make any progress towards achieving this goal? These are some very important questions to ask in the fitness and health world because too many of us are stuck on the same treadmill of working out without seeing the results. Isn’t that depressing? So how do we change this and get off of this hamster wheel? Set goals, work to achieve them. But to achieve a goal or reach a milestone, we have to clearly define what that goal or milestone is. For us, this is our point B.
Maybe a Sign
Out For a Walk The doctor lets me know every visit that I need to get some sun and exercise. I am not a big fan of going to a gym or using that stay at home fitness stuff on the game console. So I occasionally venture outside and go for a walk. The doctor tells me that I need to do those things because in 2003 I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S). Those are big fancy words that say my immune system attacks the soft material between the joints in my spine causing it to fuse together. The doctor and myself know that by sitting around doing nothing I make it worse on myself. Lack of movement makes the joints more stiff and harder to move. The condition is a genetic autoimmune disease, meaning you have to carry the HLA-B27 gene and at some point come in contact with some type of trigger that activates the gene. It usually starts out in the Sacroiliac Joint which is basically your tailbone or the part that joins your hips to your spine. It feels like a lower back ache in the beginning, but during flare ups I just do not know how to describe it. So what does all of that have to do with signs?
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